With all the controversy surrounding Obamacare, it’s important to note a few things that are beneficial to women. The one good thing about this new law, which is not going away no matter how much some people want it to, is that it is pretty friendly toward women’s health. As it should be. After all, where would the world be without us?
We are the mothers, we are the baby birthers, we are the caregivers in many cases, and we are the gentler hearts and less aggressive of the human species. Ok, ok so I guess I’m giving myself away that I’m a bit partial. After all, I am a woman!
In the past, one thing that really used to irk me was that I had to go every single month to get my low dose birth control pill, while my husband could have any prescription filled a few months at a time.
Well, one of the earlier changes was that birth control pills were allowed to be dispensed three months at a time. This greatly helps not only with the convenience factor for women and accessibility, but also it cuts down on the likelihood of an unplanned pregnancy due to not being able to get to the drugstore on time for a refill.
With Obamacare, not only can I still fill my birth control three months at a time, but I can also get them for free. That’s right, I don’t have to pay a dime. And not only is this good for me and my personal life, but it’s also good for the healthcare system because with less unplanned pregnancies, it burdens the system less. Also, it doesn’t force women to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Another health benefit for women and for breast health is that women are supposed to be entitled to a free physical examination every year under Obamacare. This could mean a lot of prevention in the way of female-specific cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer among others, depending on what types of screenings are covered. So far, mammograms are supposed to be covered for women who are fifty and over. I think this is a good cutoff.
I actually personally feel that earlier than that may be unnecessary. But that’s my opinion. Plus, the less you expose your breasts to the radiation of a mammogram, the better, so the later age should be fine since women are more likely to get breast cancer during these later stages of life anyway.
Mammograms would be free of charge. So would colonoscopies, which is another major concern for people as they age, no matter what sex they are. These could be two huge savings for both men and women.
Just the physical exam every year could help combat and prevent a number of female specific health issues. Plus, it’s a nice way to get that yearly “education” on how you should be taking care of yourself and what types of screenings you should be keeping in mind for years to come.
So see, Obamacare definitely has some advantages. Now, we’ll see how it really affects our insurance premiums in the future if we work and have our employers pay a significant portion of our insurance premiums every year. I know that mine have been raised already through my employer. Plus I will start to be taxed on the amount my employer pays for my benefits which pretty much stinks, but I guess if it’s for the greater good, and my family somehow benefits in the long run, I’m ok with that.